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    Front shocks

    Hi all,
    I recently had my two front shocks rebuilt. They came back good as new, see pics. Unfortunately after a couple of weeks or so it went back to bouncing along the road ! Upon closer inspection it seems like a washer or a seal has come out of both shocks, see middle picture. Also the oil has come out , I assume. My question is

    a: Is it easy to repair the shocks? Then refill with oil, if so what oil.

    b: Or should I just exchange them for reconditioned ones?

    I would prefer to keep the ones I have as they are original to the car.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks,

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    Re: Front shocks

    If failing after only two weeks, they should be rebuilt by the rebuilder under warranty.
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    Re: Front shocks

    Agreed, or money back

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    Re: Front shocks

    It would be interesting to pull the side plates off and see what the insides look like. See if it was one of those rebuilds where they clean up and paint the outside only.
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    Re: Front shocks

    Hi. Thanks for your replies. The guy who did the shocks did it as a favour, so I can't send it back. The question is could I repair it easily myself or is it a specialist job. See pics of the inside as sent to me at the time of the rebuild
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    Re: Front shocks

    Question is, did he take the arms off like these guys

    https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/suspensn/fs207.htm

    https://www.mgexp.com/forum/mgb-and-gt-forum.1/shock-guts.3395790/


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    Re: Front shocks

    As the saying goes “pay me now or pay me later”
    Do yourself a favour bite the bullet send them to apple hydraulics and get them done right ....the first time .
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    Re: Front shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by Healey Nut View Post
    As the saying goes “pay me now or pay me later”
    Do yourself a favour bite the bullet send them to apple hydraulics and get them done right ....the first time .
    And another opinion would be to send it to Peter C. at World Wide Auto Parts: http://www.nosimport.com/
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    Re: Front shocks

    Quote Originally Posted by HealeyRick View Post
    And another opinion would be to send it to Peter C. at World Wide Auto Parts: http://www.nosimport.com/
    This would be my choice too.

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    Re: Front shocks

    I also recommend World Wide. I couldn't believe the improvements in ride and handling after having them rebuilt. Drove like a brand new car.
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    I also am very happy with World Wide.
    Noticeable ride improvement.

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    Re: Front shocks

    Depending on your interests (keep it completely original, or 'tasteful' upgrades) and budget, consider Putzke's 'Fahrspass' Bilstein shock conversion. We have them on our BJ7 and - according to the shop I was madly transferring pay chequest to a couple of years back - it road/handled better than any other Healey they'd one. Doug
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    Re: Front shocks

    Worldwide did some shocks for our Bugeye. Complete satisfaction. Doug

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    Re: Front shocks

    Thumbs up for Worldwide.

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    Re: Front shocks

    Nicko lives in France, doubt its worth him sending them to and from the US.

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    Re: Front shocks

    Nicko, its probably not worth it to send to US for you but as others have noted Worldwide in Madison Wisconsin does a great job. When the rebuild them for you they also replace the seals so they will not leak in the future. They also ask you whether you want your original back and whether you want to keep the original bolts to retain the stocks originality. Had mine done by them and very satisfied. If you are going to go to the trouble of having yours redone locally be sure to ask them the fix the seals as that is the main point of failure. Once completed you can't tell the difference from the originals; they just work a lot better.

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    Re: Front shocks

    Thanks for all your help on this subject.In the end I decided to exchange my shocks for a re-conditioned pair at AH spares in the uk. The problem was that the"washers" on the outside of the shocks had come out and needed a press to re-install it which i didn't have .In the end the new shock works as good as new and I have my old car back. Thanks to all Nicko
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